Frequently Asked Questions about the Boys & Girls Club of Douglas
What is the Boys & Girls Club?
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach.
The Boys & Girls Club in Douglas was established in 2005 as a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming (Casper). The Douglas Club became independent in 2010.
What is the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Douglas?
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
How many kids attend the Club?
In 2016, the Club served 206 after school programming to 206 members. On average, 56 kids attended the club each day.
During the summer, the Club provided activities and programs for fifty days, serving an average of 69 kids per day.
What age groups does the Club serve?
Any school-aged kid can attend the Boys & Girls Club. Of the 206 individual children we served in 2016, 177 were between the ages of 5-11 and only 29 were of the ages of 12 to 17. While the Club would love to serve more teens, we know that having a separate space for teen programming is key to attracting them, which is not possible in our current facility.
Does the Club just serve kids from low-income families?
No, the Club is available for any school-aged child. Our focus is youth development, building character and developing kids into caring, productive, responsible members of our community. Those traits transcend economic demographics.
How much does it cost to attend the Club?
There is a Yearly Membership Fee of $10 per child to attend the Club.
The monthly fees to attend are $50/month for the first child and $25/month for each additional child. The fees include all programming and snacks.
Options are available for those who are unable to pay the monthly fees and we also accept Department of Family Services Child Care Assistance and offer other discounts as well. We are committed to serving every kid.
Where does the Club get its funding?
We rely heavily on community donors and partners. Most of the club’s operational budget, up to 69%, comes from private sources like donations, grants and fundraising events. Only 20% of our budget comes from federal or local government grants.
Where does the money go?
The total Club expenses in 2016 were $360,040. Of that total, 79% (283,000) was expended for Program Services, 16% for Management and General Services and 5% for fundraising expenses. Salaries and payroll for the club staff is included in Program Services. The Club’s Unit Director has a Master’s Degree in Education, illustrating our commitment to finding and retaining the most qualified people to develop and deliver programming to Club kids.
Why are Clubs important?
Every day, 11.3 million kids (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go. And every summer, 43 million kids lack access to summer learning programs. This means that millions of our nation’s youth risk being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. However, research shows that what happens during the out-of-school time can have a significant impact on reversing the negative trends facing youth, including dropout rates, obesity and violence. And that’s what Boys & Girls Clubs are all about – providing youth with a safe, constructive, supportive environment when they are not at home or at school, where they can have fun with peers and be guided by trained youth development professionals.
Why should I support the Boys & Girls Club of Douglas?
A donation is an investment in the future of America’s youth. Boys & Girls Clubs of America creates great futures for the next generation of our leaders by encouraging education and community involvement.